The official currency in Italy is the Euro. You can exchange cash at banks or exchange offices.
As well as in cash, purchases can be paid for using the most common credit cards. This payment system is common in Italian shops, which generally display the symbols of the credit cards they accept on the outside door. If you pay by credit card you will be asked to show an identity document. Travellers cheques (in USD or Euros) can also be cashed in Italian banks.
All 27 European Union countries have an agreement where EU citizens can freely exchange their licenses in another member state. Therefore, citizens of the other 26 EU countries can exchange their licenses in Italy without any problem. Some other countries have treaties with Italy that allow their citizens to exchange their licenses in Italy. Foreign visitors that may drive in Italy have to keep their passport, international driver's license and the vehicle license with them all the time. Italy drives on the right side of the road.
Your GSM operator may provide coverage in Italy, you may activate the international roaming function of your mobile phone before going to Italy. You can also obtain a new SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card from local operators in Italy.
Italy is in the Central European Time (CET) Zone, 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and observes Daylight Saving Time: at the beginning of spring the clocks go forward an hour in order to take advantage of an extra hour of sunlight in the late afternoon/evening. At the beginning of autumn the clocks are shifted back an order to standard Central European Time.
No mandatory vaccinations are required before traveling to Italy.
In Italy the electrical current is 220 volts AC (50 Hz). Electrical sockets comply with European regulations. In most hotels you will find adaptors for different types of plugs.
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 and from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., although shopping centres and department stores often stay open all day, from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 or 10.00 p.m. Shopping centres and stores are also open on several Sundays throughout the year.